Medicare items for Indigenous health assessments 'probably don't work': GP

Dr Tim Senior says the focus should be on providing good follow-up care

A leading Aboriginal health GP is calling for a revamp of MBS items for Aboriginal health checks, arguing there is little evidence they have improved outcomes.

Dr Tim Senior.

The Federal Government introduced the health assessments (MBS item 715) in 1999 to help reduce morbidity and early mortality among Indigenous patients by detecting and treating common conditions earlier.

“All the carrots and all the sticks in the health system are